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Three shallow bays, the Rehoboth Bay, Indian River Bay and Little Assawoman Bay, lie just behind a narrow spit of land in sight of the Atlantic Ocean. They serve as the backbone of Delaware’s coastal resort area that stretches north to Cape Henlopen, at the mouth of the Delaware Bay, and south to the Town of Fenwick Island and Maryland state line.
In 1988, the Delaware Inland Bays were declared ‘an estuary of national significance’ by U.S. Congress and in 1994, the Delaware Center for the Inland Bays was established as one of 28 National Estuary Programs. Today, the CIB, with its many partners, conducts scientific research and restoration, provides public outreach and education, and more.